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Q&A: Should I buy or rent a breast pump?

Should I rent a breast pump or buy my own?

Re: Should I rent a breast pump or buy my own?

The Bump Expert

The breast pump decision can be tricky, so it's great that you're weighing your options. First, ask yourself how long, why, where and how often you plan to pump. Each of these answers can make a big difference in whether a purchase or rental makes most sense for you, your pocketbook and baby. Once you've got a pumping plan in mind, look over the facts below to figure out which option best suits you.

Pump Rental
Cost: About $50 per month or $1 to $3 per day, plus $50 to purchase a kit with breast shields, tubing and bottles.
Where to rent: Your hospital or local lactation consultant may have rentals, or they can you refer you to the nearest rental facility. You can also search rental locations at Ameda or Medela's website.
What you'll get: A hospital-grae electric machine, probably with "double collection" (nurses both breasts at once) that plugs into the wall and is designed with more powerful motors than most personal pumps. You will need to buy the collection kit (parts that connect your breasts to the pump) separately. Hospital-grade rental pumps are fairly heavy and bulky, but can help you produce the most milk in the shortest amount of time and are made with protective barriers to prevent cross-contamination between multiple users. It can cost more than $1,000 to purchase one of these machines now.
Why to do it: Pump rental may be your best bet if you have needs that require more efficient pumping. If you have low milk supply, a premature baby, a baby that is unable to breastfeed, or if you have twins and need to produce double quantities, the  hospital-grade machine can be a huge help. Renting might also be your best (and most cost-effective) option if you still aren't sure that pumping will be your thing or if you plan to pump for less than six months.

Pump Purchase
Cost: About $50 for a simple hand pump, $100 to over $300 for a personal pump, and $1,000 or more for a hospital grade pump.
Where to buy: You can purchase pumps at most of the same places where you purchase maternity clothes and baby gear, some department stores and even pharmacies.
What you'll get: There are tons of options, ranging from hand-held pumps operated by squeezing a handle with one hand, to small battery-powered units, to single or double-breast electric plug-in machine with multiple settings complete with carrying cases and milk storage.
Why to do it: If you plan to pump longer than six months and have a healthy baby and good milk supply, it might be more cost effective to purchase a pump. Remember -- you'll be able to use it with future children, too. If you'll be pumping at the office, personal pumps are much easier to lug around than the bulkier hospital variety. The small hand-held variety is also a cost-effective alternative if you plan to pump only occasionally.

No matter which way you go, there are a few more important factors to consider. First, it's best not to buy or borrow a used pump due to the risk of cross-contamination. (Hospital-grade rentals are built with protective barriers and approved by the FDA for multiple users.) Also, check your insurance policy -- it may cover some of the pump rental or purchase cost, especially if you or baby has a condition that makes breastfeeding difficult.


Erin Walters

Q&A: Should I buy or rent a breast pump?

We bought one at Target. It is a Medela. It has been wonderful. It came in it's own nice sized bag. The only things I had to buy to go with it were larger bottles for later when my daughter ate more. I also bought batteries so I could pump when we were on long car trips. I love my pump!

texasmama10 |

Q&A: Should I buy or rent a breast pump?

I'm of the opinion that buying is best. You never know how sterile a rental is. Here's a buying guide Consumer Reports put together if anyone's interested.

asheffy |

Q&A: Should I buy or rent a breast pump?

We are looking at the It reads like it is hospital grade and I can share with freinds so it is not thrown away. Anyone know about this?

deckygoodrich |

Q&A: Should I buy or rent a breast pump?

Hospital-grade rental pumps are approved for multiple users by the FDA because they work differently than most in-home pumps. There is no risk of cross-contamination, due to a design that does not allow expressed milk into the pump motor or tubing. Talk to your lactation specialist at the hospital after delivery; they will give you advice about what would work best in your situation. In the end, it's your choice to make. I do know that the hospital-grade pumps have much stronger motors than even the Medela Pump in Style, due to the fact that they are made for multiple users. That's also why they would be $1000+ to buy.

lautaylo |

Q&A: Should I buy or rent a breast pump?

I think that any professional who works in the business of breast augmentation in Houston would tell you that such a personal item should be rather bought than rented. Hope you understand my point of view.

jacklondon |

Q&A: Should I buy or rent a breast pump?

A pomp breast is not for rent, but because it is expensive and maybe you don't have money you should give few free classified ads to find to buy one at a reasonable price. Through these ads I have found every time what I needed at a fair price.

delaco32 |

Q&A: Should I buy or rent a breast pump?

I find it kind of funny that people are SO against renting a hospital grade pump that are APPROVED for multiple users but are perfectly okay with buying one from the classifieds. Seems rather hypocritical to me... I'm renting one from a service my doula recommended. The hospital I am going to also has a rental service, and both services have the tubing and other items for sale that are supposed to be replaced. Paying $300 for something I'm only going to be using for 2 years AT MOST and then wondering what I'm going to be doing with it, seems like a waste of money. Not to mention, buying something from a stranger and having no idea what their maintenance was like seems much more risky than getting one that's INTENDED for multiple users.

bethgoldfischer |

Q&A: Should I buy or rent a breast pump?

What about London escorts? Do you think that you could use them for your husband? It could prove to be useful for you to convince him to help with the baby and house chores.

ZoomView |

Q&A: Should I buy or rent a breast pump?

You should buy your breast pump.Is more safer and you`ll have for the next baby if you wanna have another.If you search on the internet you will find many free classified ads.

ioana06 |

Q&A: Should I buy or rent a breast pump?

If the cost is $50 per month to rent, then after 6 months, this will equal the cost to purchase a $300 personal pump. If you plan to nurse more than 6 months, purchasing a pump is the more cost effective route. Also, I read that the hospital pumps are larger, bulkier and more difficult to bring with you to work. Seeing as most of my pumping will occur at work, I am leaning towards a personal pump with a nice carrying case and cooler. I don't know why someone would buy a pump on internet classified MUST either buy a brand new pump, or rent a hospital grade pump that's intended for multiple users. There is NO other option. I even read it's not encouraged to use your own personal pump from baby to baby as when they sit for periods of time, bacteria can accumulate. Not sure if this is right or true, but just adding it to the discussion to show how important a clean and sterile machine is.

idealista |

Q&A: Should I buy or rent a breast pump?

JUST FOUND OUT THAT UNDER THE NEW OBAMACARE ACT that BREAST PUMPS ARE COVERED BY INSURANCE! Call your insurance company before you purchase anything!!

emrudzin |

Q&A: Should I buy or rent a breast pump?

My insurance covers 90% of the cost of pumps... So, I'm getting a hospital grade pump for $24 including bottles and everything. Call your insurance.

emm81 |

Q&A: Should I buy or rent a breast pump?

I would first of all suggest waiting for your supply to come in fully before doing either. I had my own electric pump but I had so much milk that I was able to manually express milk much faster than the pump could. Second if you intend to suppliment with formula I would go for a hand held. If you intend to keep breastfeeding for the long run -a year or longer- go ahead and buy a pump. If your only going to breast feed the first few months it's more cost efficient to rent from the hospital or organizations like WIC.

thebeliever |

Q&A: Should I buy or rent a breast pump?

Under the Affordable Care Act, if you have health insurance, they must cover the cost of a breast pump, as well as breast feeding education. What your insurance may cover will vary - I've heard from friends that they had to buy one particular pump from a specific store... I got lucky in that my insurance will cover any breast pump under $500. So check with your insurance before you purchase anything.

JeneeB53 |

Q&A: Should I buy or rent a breast pump?

It's better to buy, it saves a lot of time and energy purchasing everyday.. Plus the Hospital grade pump can be used by multiple user... d3 gold

jen2945 |

Q&A: Should I buy or rent a breast pump?

Just a quick heads up. If you live in Michigan and are on Medicaid for your pregnancy, even after the new healthcare law, a breast pump is not covered by a Medicaid policy... I just checked and was super bummed. They will, however, cover the cost of renting a pump through the hospital. I'm still not sure which way I am going to go, but I thought some Michigan women might benefit from the info. Good Luck Ladies!

RayDG87 |

Q&A: Should I buy or rent a breast pump?

i say buy bc its an investment especally if you plan on having more its best to spring for the good one not some cheap one you do get what you pay for with pumps i have the swing by medela and after the next baby im getting the hospital one

allyssasmommy11 |